Thanks to the keto diet, Whole 30 and other “fad diets,” the majority of our nutrition-related conversations tend to revolve around macronutrients — carbohydrates, fats and proteins — as well as added sugar and highly-processed foods. (All good things to pay attention to.) But what about dietary fiber? I’d venture to guess that you don’t … Continue reading Is fiber the secret to a healthier gut?
Would you be surprised to hear that almost half of all colorectal cancer diagnoses could be prevented with simple lifestyle changes? As colon cancer is on the rise among younger populations, it’s time to take a closer look at how we’re living. It’s those little choices we make every day that determine our future health. … Continue reading 7 simple steps to lower your risk of colon cancer
At 35 years old, I defined myself as a mortgage analyst, wife and mother. I never expected to add colon cancer survivor to that list, especially at this age. But I soon found myself part of the “invisible generation” of cancer patients — too old for pediatrics, but too young for traditional adult cancer care. … Continue reading I’m part of the “invisible generation” of young adults with cancer
Growing up, there were a lot of different directions I saw my life going and versions of what I thought I would be doing at the age of 24. At five, there was nothing I wanted to be more than a NASCAR driver. I would pretend to drive my mom’s sedan in my Jeff Gordon … Continue reading What it’s like to be diagnosed with colon cancer at age 24
Contrary to popular belief, cancer research involves a lot more than studying drugs for chemotherapy. To have the greatest impact in cancer care, we have to target the disease from all angles. Exploring those alternative angles is precisely what you’ll find many of the researchers doing in the lab at Baylor Scott & White Research … Continue reading Colon cancer research gets help from an unlikely source: Grape seeds
We recently shared a look at how research at Baylor Scott & White is helping to crack the code to detect colon cancer earlier. Detection, however, isn’t the only variable to consider where colon cancer is concerned. Once diagnosed with the disease, attention turns to treatment options. For T1 colorectal cancer (CRC) patients, in particular, … Continue reading Could this new test change how we treat colorectal cancer?
According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women in the United States (excluding skin cancer). Each year, there are 140,000 new cases of colon cancer and over 50,000 deaths from colon cancer in the U.S. Your lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is between … Continue reading Colon talk: How a screening can save your life
1 in 21. Those are the current odds for men of developing colorectal cancer in their lifetime. The odds only slightly improve for women, with the current risk rate at 1 in 23. For people suffering from ulcerative colitis, the risk of developing colon cancer becomes even higher. Fighting this deadly cancer, which is expected … Continue reading Unlocking the potential of biomarkers for colorectal cancer
Born in 1981, I consider myself part of both Generation X as well as the millennial demographic. As one of the youngest Gen X-ers and oldest millennials, I try and keep a pulse on the labels and trends associated with both groups — the good, the bad and the ugly. Recently, I was taken aback … Continue reading Millennials, we need to talk about our colons
Colorectal cancer typically affects older adults, usually over age 50, but according to recent studies, the percentage of colorectal cancer cases in younger patients is increasing. Recommended screenings for men and women are typically initiated at age 50 to find and remove premalignant polyps, and thereby reduce the risk of cancer. We know early screening … Continue reading Why are more people under 50 getting colon cancer?